A team led by MC commissioner GK Singh Dhaliwal shifted more than 50 beggars to the night shelters near Manju Cinema, Dholewal Chowk, on Thursday evening. Dhaliwal also inspected all the three night shelters in the city.
Municipal town planner (MTP) Kamaljeet Kaur said, “Around 50 beggars were shifted from Durga Mata Mandir to the night shelter near Manju Cinema. The MC commissioner has also checked the night shelters and asked to take necessary measures in this direction.”
It has been learnt that a non-government organisation (NGO) has also distributed blankets to the beggars. GK Singh Dhaliwal said the corporation has made arrangements for around 500 persons at the home shelters. Any homeless person can stay night at these shelters, he said.
Not only beggars, a large number of labourers and rickshaw pullers are also taking shelter at these shelter homes. Dhaliwal said that new beddings will be provided at the night shelters.
He further said that they are going to open two more rooms which would be used as shelters at the shelter home near Clock Tower.
According to Dhaliwal, the corporation will also ask the MC doctors to conduct medical examination of the ill persons at the shelter homes. He claimed that the Punjab government has made all the required arrangements at night shelters.
“If more people come to the night shelters, we can make temporary arrangements. We also want support from the NGOs,” he added.